Mildred Norman, aka The Peace Pilgrim, crossed the country six times on foot in order to spread her message

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What’s the first thing you think of when I say “1950s”? Is it mad-men suits and sexism? The beginnings of suburbia? The Korean war? McCarthyism? A room full of suit-and-cocktail-dress-clad humans who are all puffing down on cigarettes?

Through our modern lens, the 1950s seem like a hellscape. Yet, as…

Shifting your focus can pay massive happiness dividends

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Three days ago, I logged a three-and-a-half-hour surf session. As is often the case, I was the first in the water, last out. I’d only stood up four, maybe five times on my new fish board in all that time. The rest was wobbles, wipeouts, and face-first falls.

When I…

The re-entry that left me in the wilderness

The author (second from left) with some fellow Peace Corps trainees in Pokhara, shortly before the evacuation

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero path”

-Joseph Campbell

“Have you been to China? Do you feel sick?”

Two mask-less police officers…

“Be fit to be useful”

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“You are fit if you can adapt to the demands of your environment with ease and imagination”

-Tom Meyers.

Let’s play a mental game.

You’re walking down the street, and a human-flesh-hungry 20-foot crocodile (presumably escaped from a zoo, but invent your details as you see fit, I can’t do…

Aaron Nichols

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